Spray-On Clothing Opens Door For Next-Level Tech
When news broke a few years ago that an experimental spray-on liquid fabric could become wearable clothing, people were wowed by what sounded more science-fiction than fact. Fast forward a few years and that same technology is on the cusp of being introduced into our daily lives in the form of a host of applications that could very well change the face of art, consumer products, and even conservation.
The company behind this technology is called Fabrican. Developed by clothing-designer-turned-chemist Dr. Manel Torres, who was originally looking for a faster way to produce clothes, the idea came to the self-proclaimed fashion doctor when he went to a friend's wedding and saw someone getting sprayed by silly string, the popular 90s-era toy. That's when Torres got his "aha" moment and decided to pursue an instant, nonstick fabric. The result was the creation of instant garments you can remove and even wash.
Los Angeles based artist Aaron Axelrod calls the cans a mobile studio. Axelrod, who's done installations for The Tonight Show, Coachella and Disney, says he wished he had a tool like this years ago. Instead, he's had to use less malleable products such as tile, plastic, paint and cotton, often heavy to carry and time consuming to apply.
"I wish I had that for those projects," he says. "I'm always looking for a universal material that I can do many different things with, and compact too, where I don't have to lug around lots of material in a car. I basically get this one material that I can do so many things in one... it's a studio in a can."
Beyond art, it's possible this substance will soon be in hospitals and emergency service vehicles. That's because the cans are sealed and sterilized, and could work as bandages or as a spray-on cast for broken bones. Welcome to the first-aid kit of the future.